Goodtread Tyre & Motor Factors 38-40 High Street, Alness, IV17 0PS 01349 882206
  • Independent TyreFitter Network
Buy now, pay when fitted
No hidden extra costs
Great value tyres
Fast fitting by experts

The MOT Test

When does a car require an MOT?

The first MOT on a car should take place when the vehicle is 3 years old – please note that this could be different if this has 9 seats or more and/or is a taxi. An MOT tests the important elements of your vehicle to ensure they meet the minimum legal requirements, you should continue to make sure that your car maintains this standard as a minimum at all times. As the registered owner of the vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle is examined every 12 months.

You must get an MOT for your vehicle by:

  • The third anniversary of its registration
  • The anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old

Please note that some vehicles need to be tested from one year old – see DVSA website for full details.

What does an MOT test?

The components that are inspected during a car MOT are:

  • Body and vehicle structure
    • Ensure that there isn’t any excessive corrosion or damage including any sharp edges that could cause harm/injury.
  • Vehicles with towbars
    • Check for secureness and condition
    • Inappropriate repairs or modification
    • Correct operation of 13 pin electrical socket.
  • Exhaust system
    • Check vehicle meets rules on exhaust emissions
    • Carry out a smoke test, check exhaust system is complete and free from leakages
    • Check catalytic converter is present where one was fitted as standard
    • Not too noisy
  • Vehicle Safety
    • Mandatory belts are all in place and work properly
    • Belts are suitable for the vehicle
    • Belts are attached correctly and securely
    • Driver’s seat is adjustable
    • All seats are secure and back seats can be fixed in an upright position
    • Malfunction indicator lamps/dashboard warning checked for the air bags, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters
  • Doors – opened from inside and out
  • Mirrors
  • Load security
  • Brakes (Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if applicable)
  • Electronic park brake and brake fluid warning
  • Tyres and wheels – tread depth, size, type and condition. Check of the MIL for Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) will be carried out on vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012.
  • Fuel System
    • Check condition and free from leakages
    • Fuel cap
  • Registration plates
  • Speedometer condition and operation
  • Engine mountings are secure
  • Lights
  • Bonnet
  • Window wipers and washers
  • Windscreen
  • Horn
  • Steering & suspension
  • Check condition and operation
  • Steering oil level
  • Steering lock mechanism
  • Electronic power steering and steering lock.
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Electrical wiring and battery.

Enter your registration

What our customers think

Great Service and great price! Ordered very easily on the website. 10 out of 10!

Andrea Thomas - July 2017

Ordered online and fitted next morning! Brilliant service all round. Will recommend to all my friends and family - Thanks.

Victoria Saunders - August 2016

Fantastic service and great prices. Very easy to order online.

Paul Jenkins - August 2016

Contact us

Opening hours
Monday: 08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday: 08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday: 08:30 - 18:00
Thursday: 08:30 - 18:00
Friday: 08:30 - 18:00
Saturday: 08:30 - 17:30
Sunday: Closed
Contact Us

Where are we?

Brands we recommend

  • AUTOGRIP tyres in Alness
  • B.F. GOODRICH tyres in Alness
  • BRIDGESTONE tyres in Alness
  • CONTINENTAL tyres in Alness
  • DUNLOP tyres in Alness
  • FALKEN tyres in Alness
  • FIRESTONE tyres in Alness
  • FULLRUN tyres in Alness
  • GENERAL tyres in Alness
  • GOODYEAR tyres in Alness
  • GT RADIAL tyres in Alness
  • INSA TURBO tyres in Alness
  • KUMHO tyres in Alness
  • MICHELIN tyres in Alness
  • MINERVA tyres in Alness
  • OVATION tyres in Alness
  • PIRELLI tyres in Alness
  • RUNWAY tyres in Alness
  • TOYO tyres in Alness

Areas served around Alness:

Alness, Ardesier, Aviemore, Avoch, Beauly, Black Isle, Bonar-Bridge, Broadford, Brora, Carr-Bridge, Conon-Bridge, Contin, Cromarty, Culbokie, Culloden, Dingwall, Dornoch, Elgin, Forres, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Fortrose, Gairloch, Garve, Golspie, Highland, Highlands, Invergordon, Inverness, Isle of Skye & West Coast, Kingussie, Kingussie Munlochy, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lairg., Lochinver, Maryburgh, Muir of Ord, Nairn, Nairn, Nairn Aultbea, Newtonmore, Portree, Rogart, Rosemarkie, Ross-Shire, Strathpeffer, Tain, Ullapool

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Goodtread Tyre & Motor Factors website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

[Close]